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***Texas vs Arkansas Midweek Series Thread***

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Texas (9-7) at No. 5 Arkansas (11-4)
March 13-14, 2018

WhereFayetteville, Ark. (Baum Stadium)
TimeTuesday7 p.m., Wednesday4 p.m.

TV: SEC Network (Tuesday), SECN+ (Wednesday)
Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260
All-time series: Texas leads, 74-33


TUESDAYArkansas RHP Kacey Murphy (1-0, 0.00) vs. Texas RHP Beau Ridgeway (1-0, 8.31)

WEDNESDAYArkansas TBA vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (1-0, 2.13)



THE MATCHUP—The Longhorns hit the road for a two-game set at No. 5 Arkansas…the old Southwest Conference rivals will face off in Fayetteville for the first time since 1991…they last met in 2012 at the Houston College Classic, where the Razorbacks won, 7-3.


A LOOK AT THE RAZORBACKS—No. 5 Arkansas is coming off a series win over Kent State at home…as a team, the Razorbacks are hitting .302/.424/.509…six different Razorbacks have amassed double-digit RBIs so far this season and they have hit 24 homers as a team…Arkansas is led by Casey Martin and his .415/.490/.805 line.


A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas dropped three of four at home to then No. 7 Stanford…the Longhorns won game one, 8-6, but fell in the last three…Texas was outscored 33-13 in the four-game set…offensively, Texas is led by Kody Clemens and his .385/.536/.673 line…he has a team-high four homers and has compiled …DH Zach Zubia hit his third homer of the year on Saturday…he leads the team with 19 RBI.


NEXT UP—Texas will open up Big 12 Conference play on Friday with the first of three games against visiting Kansas…last season, the Jayhawks took two of three in Lawrence. 


IN THE RANKINGS—Texas dropped out of the rankings following a 1-3 week…previously the Longhorns were ranked by D1Baseball (#23), Baseball America (#17), NCBWA (#20), USA Today Coaches Poll (#20), and Collegiate Baseball (#26). 

TOP OF THE ORDER—The Longhorns’ one-through-four hitters—David Hamilton, Masen Hibbeler, Kody Clemens, and Zach Zubia, respectively—have hit a combined .323 (74-for-229) so far this season with 21 extra-base hits, 49 runs scored, and 49 RBI…they’ve also combined for 18 stolen bases on the year and have combined for 43 walks.


PATIENCE, YOUNG CLEMENS—Kody Clemens has opened the 2018 campaign on a tear at the plate…his 13-game hit streak was snapped on Friday vs. Stanford…it was the longest for a Longhorn since Madison Carter’s 15-game streak in 2014…Clemens has amassed 17 walks to just 6 Ks on the season and leads the team with four homers…he is 3-for-3 in stolen bases and holds a team-best 1.209 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).


MCKENZIE’S MANY TALENTS—Senior utilityman and right-handed pitcher Jake McKenzie, a petroleum engineering major, was recently awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.

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